Dinner For 4… For Real! Enlarging Our RV’s Table + CNC Machine Fun

TheRVgeeks Updates & Upgrades 26 Comments

UPDATE!! I am excited to announce that my cousin David, whose beautiful work was featured in this video, has decided to make his skills available to more than just family & friends for the very first time. He is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan (just 150 miles from Elkhart), and has now officially opened his shop for business. Please keep in mind that he is not an on-site carpenter or installer, but builds custom wood furniture and cabinetry, then ships it to the homeowner or contractor. He typically creates pieces for sticks & bricks homes, and isn’t set up for RVs to come to his shop. But if you’re looking for unique high-end woodwork for your RV (or your home!), he’s happy to discuss how he might create something special for you, too. You can get more details and contact Dave through his website: http://curlandburl.com. And be sure to tell him his cousin Peter sent you!

When we bought our RV, it suffered from one of the same afflictions as so many other rigs… a four-place table that couldn’t actually seat four in any reasonable comfort.

Luckily for us, we visited Peter’s cousin during our first year on the road… who just happens to be a talented cabinet and furniture maker!

See how we enlarged our RV’s table to comfortably seat four adults. Plus our custom-made cabinet and the coolest CNC-machined woodwork you’ve ever seen. It’s RV woodworking galore!

Our friends Tom & Caitlin joined us for breakfast one morning while we were boondocking together in the Arizona desert, and were gracious enough to let us video it. If you’re not already familiar with the Mortons, we highly recommend MortonsOnTheMove.com as an awesome RVing resource, along with their YouTube channel.

Watch the video above to join us at an RV table that REALLY seats four!


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  1. Awesome video. Do you happen to have a schematic of you table to act as a template to build som thing similar? The extension mechanism is very interesting. Thank you.

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      Hi Wil. Thanks! But we do not have any schematics of the table. The extension mechanism is the standard one that comes installed from the Newmar factory when you order the desk/dinette combination. We simply re-used it in this project, moving it’s hinge point further into the room and taking advantage of its maximum extension for larger leaves.

      We’ve heard that Focal Wood Products in Nappanee ( http://focalwood.com ) builds aftermarket desk/dinette combination units for people who want to retrofit them. So you may be able to get a similar (if not identical) extension mechanism through them.

      Sorry we can’t be of more help on this one.

  2. they say being envious is a sin, then I’m going to go to hell. You guys are no doubt very lucky to have great families. not to mention a great life style. I so enjoy your videos

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  3. This video was a pleasure to watch.

    They say that you can pick your friends and your enemies, but you are stuck with family. If that’s true then I think that Peter lucked out with family.

    Is the cousin located in Coburg, OR? I watch every video put out by another amazing Oregon woodwork CNC ‘artist’ by the name of Frank Howarth. Perhaps this cousin could watch a few of Frank’s videos and be inspired to do something similar. You can tell him how quick and easy it is to shoot, edit, and post videos. (ha ha)

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      UPDATE!! I am excited to announce that my cousin David, whose beautiful work was featured in this video, has decided to make his skills available to more than just family & friends for the very first time. He is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan (just 150 miles from Elkhart), and has now officially opened his shop for business. Please keep in mind that he is not an on-site carpenter or installer, but builds custom wood furniture and cabinetry, then ships it to the homeowner or contractor. He typically creates pieces for sticks & bricks homes, and isn’t set up for RVs to come to his shop. But if you’re looking for unique high-end woodwork for your RV (or your home!), he’s happy to discuss how he might create something special for you, too. You can get more details and contact Dave through his website: http://curlandburl.com. And be sure to tell him his cousin Peter sent you!

  4. Hi Guys,

    We are big fans of your videos!! Recently we bought the ACUVA 1.5 through your website. What a great system. Our Berkey has to rest in storage now. The woodwork of your cousin is very impressive. And we know what we are talking about.. Since our 2017 Phaeton 40AH has a booth which is too small for us,we want to exchange this to a similar system you have. Do you think we can approach your cousin? At the moment we are in Memphis on the way to Tiffin, AL. Then we will go to Florida. Where is your cousin located?? For great work we go anywhere.. In May we will slowly go back to Las Vegas. There is time for a detour.

    We would very much appreciate if you could send us your cousins contact info if he is interested to do this kind of job outside of family business.

    And we hope to meet you guys once on the road!

    Best,

    Oliver & Elizabeth

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      Hi Oliver & Elizabeth! Thanks for the nice note. So great to hear you like your Acuva as much as we do. Unfortunately, my cousin isn’t available to do woodwork for hire (he has a regular, unrelated job). But we told him before this video went live that it would likely create interest/opportunities for him if he changes his mind. He’ll surely be here, and on YouTube, reading all this, so if he’s even thinking about it, comments like yours might just get him to pull the trigger! We will of course keep you posted if that happens. Safe Travels!

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      UPDATE!! I am excited to announce that my cousin David, whose beautiful work was featured in this video, has decided to make his skills available to more than just family & friends for the very first time. He is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan (just 150 miles from Elkhart), and has now officially opened his shop for business. Please keep in mind that he is not an on-site carpenter or installer, but builds custom wood furniture and cabinetry, then ships it to the homeowner or contractor. He typically creates pieces for sticks & bricks homes, and isn’t set up for RVs to come to his shop. But if you’re looking for unique high-end woodwork for your RV (or your home!), he’s happy to discuss how he might create something special for you, too. You can get more details and contact Dave through his website: http://curlandburl.com. And be sure to tell him his cousin Peter sent you!

  5. The only word I can think of is Amazing, You guys are without a doubt very lucky to have a cousin as you do. Some one asked me the other day the name of your computer company. I have no idea, can you tell me?

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      Thanks so much, Pius. We are indeed lucky to have such a wonderful person in our lives. He’s the best. As far as our “computer company,” we’re guessing you’re referring to our website design company, since that’s our only “day job.” That’s RVgeeks.net which is where we design websites for RV parks as we travel.

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  6. Your video gave us an idea on how to reconfigure our dining table in our toy hauler travel trailer. Our neighbor is a craftsman cabinet maker that we discussed ideas on how to reconfigure our table with him and now we know what we could do. Great video. Thank you.

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      Thanks, Steve. Peter’s cousin did a fantastic job putting all of this together for us. We’re so grateful to him… and think of him a lot when we sit down to eat! ?

  7. The table design is great. We have a newer DP, but our table just pulls out, not a drop style like yours, so don’t think we could get our table enlarged.
    I was amazed at the computerized router making your logo-very cool.

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      Yeah, Tony… there are a bunch of ways tables are set up in RVs these days, so this exact method may not help you. If it’s an issue, there are tons of aftermarket woodworkers (especially in the Elkhart, IN area and around Coburg, OR) who might be able to replace your existing table with something more like ours. Or not. Your call! LOL!

      And we were like kids in a candy store watching the CNC machine work it’s magic on that block of wood. It was SOOO cool! We want our own CNC machine now! LOL!

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